Leadership skills are important for business people at every level, but parents can use these same skills to build their families and develop strong confident children.
Here are 6 leadership skills that you can use to encourage your children and strengthen your family.
In The Truth about Leadership, leadership professors at Santa Clara University James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner described the cornerstone of excellent leadership: “Do What You Say You Will Do.” As foundation as keeping your word is in the business world, it is exponentially more so in being a good parent. When you model this form of integrity to your children, you teach them to be upstanding members of whatever team they choose to be a part of. When they see your example, they will likely have a desire to emulate your system for getting things done.
Trusting your children to do what they are capable of and to make good choices is crucial for their development. When you communicate to your children, in word or action, that you have confidence in their abilities, you cultivate their confidence and help them succeed. When your children know that you trust them, they will work hard never to betray that trust, and it will spill over into every area of their lives.
Good leaders push those they lead to fully achieve their potential. For your family, that could mean encouraging your high schooler to take advanced classes rather than going for the easy A. It could mean helping your kindergartener overcome separation anxiety when school starts. You know your children better than anyone on the planet. Who better than you should help them develop every bit of their potential?
Delegating responsibilities teaches those under your leadership how to operate within the team’s framework and keeps the leader from being bogged down in the details, enabling the focus to remain on the bigger picture. Similarly, assigning chores to your kids gives them a head start on their future and teaches them to be responsible teammates rather than entitled spectators.
As anyone with an online masters in organizational leadership will tell you, communication is key to any type of leadership, and parenting is no exception. When your children know exactly how much you love them, value them as individuals, and expect of them, they will be freed to become everything you know they can be.
Problems are a part of life. What separates winners from losers is how those problems are handled. When you treat obstacles as springboards instead of road blocks, you equip your children with a can-do attitude and empower them to become tomorrow’s movers and shakers.
Whether you are in charge of a Fortune 500 company or a family of four, practicing good leadership is essential to your success no matter the goals you have set for your family. Develop these leadership skills, and your family will benefit from your guidance.
This is a guest post written by Dixie Somers, a freelance writer who loves to write for health, women’s interests, and parenting interests. She lives in Arizona with her husband and three beautiful daughters.